Indonesia’s Joko Widodo sworn in for second term as president


Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo speaks at the Istana in Singapore October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo was sworn in on Sunday for a second five-year term as president, leading the world’s third-biggest democracy after a first term marked by heavy infrastructure spending.

In his second and final term, Widodo, a former furniture salesman from outside the military and political elite, has pledged to attract more investment into Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and focus on improving the country’s human resources.

He was sworn in at parliament under tight security, with more than 30,000 security personnel deployed in Jakarta following recent student demonstrations and after the country’s security minister was stabbed by a suspected Islamic militant this month.

Reporting by Tabita Diela, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Gayatri Suroyo, Fransiska Nangoy, Stanley Widianto and Ed Davies; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

Products You May Like

Articles You May Like

Hong Kong leader says U.S. law will hurt business confidence
Actors Watson, Foy star in “Romeo and Juliet”-inspired 2020 Pirelli calendar
Seventeen Democrats, three Republicans in U.S. presidential race
Bloomberg says ending ‘nationwide madness’ of gun violence drives his White House bid
PG&E failed to inspect transmission lines that caused deadly 2018 wildfire: state probe

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *